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specific to their needs and establishing widening the availability of the low cost and probono services in this area of law and so thank you for your time and your commitment to all of the members of our diverse, lgbt communities. >> thank you. >> next speaker. >> hello, gentleman, my name is dana veacof and for 40 years i have been a resident of san francisco and most recently in supervisor weiner's district and i am a member of aarp and i used open house services. and i am with the san francisco organizing project who merged with the interfaith action and are part of the pico national network. and in november, we held an action that addressed issues of aging lgbt aging and healthcare. and we asked tom nolan the chair of this task force to
keep us involved in its work. so that we that qualified as lgbt seniors were involved in the work for the first surveys through the focus groups thorough indicational meetings and review the documents. and we are very thankful for the work of the task force and its effort and for the supervisors. and in bringing that about and i personally am thrilled to hear that legislation is already in the works to enact the recommendations of the task force. my fellow sfop leaders stand ready to assist in making those recommendations a reality. thank you very much. >> thank you very much. >> next speaker, please? >> my name is larry saxon and i am a resident of the district five and i have been for the last 35 years and i would like to thank you very much for the opportunity of having served on
the task force and go from the human perspective and the mind of all present that during the process of researching and compiling this comprehensive report, which by the way is the first of its kind, in the nation . we lost two task force members and we almost lost a third and that is myself, and i suffer the major catastrophic illness in the process of working with the task force which entailed my having to remove myself from the process for two or three
months they became my support group and will to live, as an african many who is married and a father of an 18-year-old i cannot begin to impress upon you have how diverse and how conflicts our communities are. i am an extremely powerful fan of open house. but i know that they will not be able to do everything that we need and i realize from a fiscal perspective that the city and county of san francisco will not be able to do it all and i would really suggest that we look at a very diversified portfolio of investers and a number of businesss that have a number of advantages of being in san francisco. and i think that they will be happy to assist us in building this new model and here in the non-existent model that entails far more than any one program.
and most importantly i would like to remind you sadly, that out of the tens of millions of dollars of portfolio that is invested in the senior services in san francisco, we need to make sure that those service providers are cultural competent and serve this population. and thank you so much for your time. and we all look for toward to continued supporting this in any way that we can, thank you. >> thank you very much. >> it is good to see you. >> next speaker, please? >> good morning, supervisors. my name is denny smith and i moved to san francisco 40 years ago. i appreciate your consideration of our remarks today. i have always been very, very proud of san francisco and how it treats its citizens. especially citizens who face a challenge in life. whether the challenges is homophobia or racism or health
challenges as hiv infection or breast cancer and i am sorry to say that the pride that i have in how san francisco rises to that went from being a collective pride to a personal pride last year. and because i became unemployed and homeless. for the first time, and it was quite a blow to my ego and to my understanding of how the world works. but again, i am still proud of how san francisco deals with adversity. and i wish that i could say that it is not necessary to target tefk populations with special funding, but i think that it is. last night, i spent the night under the monument between the library and the asian art museum. and i think i don't want to be a bother to the city's workers and i don't want to wake up
with them kicking my feet, so i think that housing is really, really a desperate issue now. and i would love it if the city could help to solve that problem. thank you very much. >> thank you very much. thank you for sharing your experience and i am wondering if you can if we can maybe have someone from my office contact you to give you some information so to see how we can be helpful. >> is there any other member of the public who has not spoken who would like to speak on this item? >> please, if so, come forward. don't be shy. >> good morning, my name is michelle asedo and i am the director of programs at open house and also a task force member and vice chair of the coalition of agencies serving
the elderly and we are encouraged by your support of the recommendations and thrilled that you are seeking to implement a hope all of them. and i just want to say that we are a community that wants to help ourselves and we need additional funding in order to do that. and i am really encouraged to highlight the recommendation around the expansion of case management, services, to an lgbt specific case management program. and this is a critical service that our community needs. and really hoping that these recommendations that are funded through it and those that expand on the foundation that open house is established through our housing social services, and community building programs. programs that seek to reach the most under served in our community and we need to create more programs that reach out to the transgender aging community. and that bisexual aging community and the lesbian community and so i really encouraged again by your support and really hope that we
can see funding that expands these critical services, to the most unserved and under served in our community mainly as well as people of color in the lgbt community, so thank you. >> thank you very much. >> next speaker? >> hi, my name is joseph smith warner and i was born and raised here in san francisco. and after this i have a lot of changes that is forthe lgbt community center. where we are really like a big happy family and stuff like that and i am also part of a group called bbe. and we just came to order with lgbt center and we are doing a lot with them and with this, updated like that of this community sight and you will have the stuff and it will be a good process and everybody here in san francisco for the people of color. and that is basically what we need here in san francisco, a site for people of color, there are gay straight and buy sexual.
thank you. >> thank you, very much. seeing no other member of the public. okay, come on up. >> and if there is anyone else, please come on up. thank you. >> good afternoon, supervisors my name is edwin hiens and i am the chap len for bbe, which is under the umbrella of the aids foundation. and i have been with them for now 12 years, and i have been chaplin for three and my conquest is to find the housing for the seniors most of our group and the brothers are i would say 70 percent of them are lgbseniors, you know, and we have been there, for 17 years. and now, housing is becoming a great problem, especially in san francisco. and the rent is not affordable for most of us.
so i would recommend that and i commend you on open house. and i really hope that it takes off and in the right direction, because we have been working in this community for 17 years and we have not seen any kind of opening as far as housing for us. and i spend the day on behalf of all of my 62 brothers that go hope house, thank you supervisors. >> thank you very much. >> thank you for your work. seeing no other member of the public, the public comment is closed. i see at least two department heads and i just want to give them an opportunity to say a few words and i see hinton of the dos and i see teresa sparks as well from the human rights commission. so i want to give them an opportunity to add anything and again thank you for your work.
>> good morning and as everyone else has said here today, thank you so much for i think what was it about a year ago calling the first hearing, having actually a few of us that were there that day and we are here today to speak again and i really want to thank the task force for all of the valuable, valuable work that has been done. and you know, the some things and i think that i spoke at that first meeting, that there is a lot that we know. and then there is that lot that we don't know. and it really is coming from the people's own voices. about what it is that they want and what they need that we think is so much more valuable than our just trying to sort that out ourselves. and so, i was especially thankful to marcy for your comments and i think that speaks so much to another strategic plan that we are working on in our office and it
gets with that, and that is those folks that have dementia and really can't speak for themselves. and it really is true in the lgbt community those folks are even more isolated and have less to look and in terms of support. i was making notes today and i go to hearings and that is what i do and i was glad to hear you say in the very beginning that data collection, cultural competency and the bill of rights for the folks in institutional care and those might be the beginning pieces and we have begun on some of those. and so additional support for those will be great. and that issue of isolation, is huge in this community. and much more than we might think in a international city that is relatively small and it is geographic size, but really a lot of older adults and it is certainly true in the lgbt community, and some of the last speakers especially have talked about people of color, and
then, there is always the huge issue of housing. and i also want to thank sherena and tom for all of the work that they have provided to the task force but it is really the folks that have been attending the meetings and doing the hard work, and keeping me in the loop when it seemed right to do so. and we want to thank you and we look forward to working on the report itself. and i think that as a department one of the things that we are known for is implementing what has been put in front of us and so we look forward to that. >> thank you, director. and now the executive director of the human rights commission, commissioner sparks. >> good morning supervisors, thank you for the community to speak. there are a couple of things that have not been i think mentioned here today. one is the commitment that these task force members have had and made to this process. it was very seldom that we at the hrc facilitated the meetings from the very beginning and was very seldom there was an absence at these meetings. and it was very vibrant and very committed group and a
group that brought not only knowledge but a lot of emotion to the process. one statistic that i can't seem to get out of my mind and i am probably going to miss quote the number. but it is still, i think, significant. is there is a relatively high percentage as we know, of lgbt youth who have contemplated suicide. the number of seniors and i think that the report actually states in the last year, that have contemplated suicide, is almost equal to that number. and that is within the last year. and i think that what that demonstrates is a substantial and a tremendous sense of desperation and a lack of hope in this community and it is something that we need to look at immediately. because for every month we don't look at these issues, we may lose more seniors and we may lose more individuals, who take their own lives.
>> the other thing is come is cultural come pentcy and we have done a lot of work in the community in the various communities of various culture thes the latino community and the emensa community and others. and we find tremendous lack of cultural competency within each one of those cultures. on the lgbt issues, and i think that part of it is or was demonstrated by the only limited success that the task force had in reaching out to the russian communities and others in getting response back. and so i think that we need to very, and we need to really focus on cultural competency in communities that may discriminate within their own culture. and it is not only the predominant communities in the city, but also, it is other communities as well. and i think that this is extremely important.
and the started as one something mentioned early on and the first speaker at the human rights commission early on bill abrams has been involved in it since the beginning and i am happy to announce that the california association of human rights organizations is giving bill an award next friday for his human rights work and it is only one of four awards given in the entire state of california and i want to congratulate bill on that honor. but i want to thank the supervisors for your support and you saw the out pouring at the first hearing and it was tremendous and it packed the room and it went into overflow and this is a tremendous community of passionate people and i hope that we will move forward as quickly as possible and the human rights commission will continue to support this effort however we can in the future. >> thank you, director sparks. and so, colleagues, and i don't know if you want to add that supervisor weiner. >> thank you. and thank you to everyone for
your comments today. and the feedback. and i wanted to mention a few things, first of all, i think that i wanted to clarify, in terms of what we are moving forward with quickly and the two main components are what he was talking about requiring the data collection. and also, cultural training. and making sure that we have those standards and training in place and it is not the ends but those are two of the very tangible things that we already have a drafting request in the city attorney's office and we will move forward as quickly as we can and it should have been done a long time ago but better late than never. and i appreciate i think two that i thinks are enter twined and one key part is the architectal barriers which they are full of the barriers in
terms of a lot of steps and really inaccessible homes and more senior housing and whatever form it takes in the castro. and i think that it is, we are all very focused on the convictions and that is critical, but the issue goes well beyond elis act convictions and there are a lot of reasons why people either have to move or choose to move. or can't say, where they are. and frankly, architect barriers are one of those things and the board of supervisors on the second reading, passed and to allow the people to add the ml units in the castro and they are one form of the piece of the puzzle and not the only thing that we need to do but one of the advantages is that they tend to be on the ground floor and more than one person, has over time, a number of people approach me and say that
i own a house, and i want to turn my garage into a unit and live there and then rent out the top floor and i know that the people that have done that sometimes not legally because we have the other legislation that will allow them to legalize those units and i think that as the population ages morris yous around those barriers in terms of keeping the people in the castro or anywhere else in their homes. and we want to be sure that they don't have a choice between becoming isolated in their home even if they have stability and become isolated or having to move, i also and if you can join to the mayor's housing and i think that i have really been pushing mo to prioritize, more senior housing in particular in the castro, over the market area and it is wonderful that we are getting the 110 units from the open house and that is great, but
that is only a start. and it is a major frustration to me that we are not getting more affordable housing generally in the castro or the market area, and but the senior housing in particular, and this is a neighborhood, that where, we are adding affordable housing is not controversial and some neighborhood and some towns and cities can it be controversial and this is a neighborhood that really wants it and will embrace it and i hope that you will join me in advocating to the mayor's office of housing that this needs to be a priority to bring in the more affordable housing in the market area, and finally, one item on that, and i think that it was mentioned in the report that i was scrolling on time today and i could not put my fingers on it at the moment but i have been talking to bill, from the referral panel about it and that is an issue that exists now and i think that it is growing, and around a long term hiv, survivors, and who have been living for years, on
employment based disability insurance where they are getting two-thirds of the salary, or whatever the percentages, and once they hit, 65, or there abouts. and having being taken off of their employer based disability and put on the social security which is how the issues work which can be a significant drop in income and so you have the people who have been on disability but the disability has allowed them to pay their rent and to be able to live in the community and also looking basically at a fiscal cliff and i know that there is a proposal to do the funding this year in our budget to start addressing that issue, but we don't even know the scope of the issue and so yesterday, i requested that our budget and legislative analysts working with the folks in the community but also with the dos and other departments start to put together an analysis of what is the scope of this population that are either have experience this or are over the coming years going to experience this?
and how many people or what the average loss of income is going to be and how we can address that. and because it is a population and so it is not one of those unending problems. and we want to make sure that people have access to resources because that is the last thing that we need on top of everything else to have people start to lose their housing because they simply can't make the rent because they turned 65 and are pushed on to social security from there and thank you everyone for all of the work. >> thank you, very much, and this is simply, a hearing, request. for the purpose of listening to the recommendations and discussing the recommendations, and one additional pitch to that is members to the audience is that one of the challenges as we are facing the affordablebility crisis there are many things about the city that are expensive and impacting our senior and one proposal that is currently before the mta which over sees
the muni, and it is to provide free public transit, and free muni for low income and little income seniors and to the extent that is going to help many members of the lgbt senior community and i would encourage you to contact the mta and advocate for that program. and so with that, if we can have this item filed, so we have a motion to file and again, i want to thank all of the members of the task force for your tremendous work and we look forward to making sure that we deliver on the recommendations that have been provided. >> thank you and without objection, item is filed. >> mr. clerk, if you could take a quick two minute break? yeah, and we will proceed to the next item shortly.
>> we are back. >> item two. >>hearing to consider that the issuance of a type 21 off-sale general license to mouhannad mannaa and jim saxton for financial district fine wine, inc., located at 300 kearny street (district 3), >> in i may ask the applicant for this request to come up and make a brief presentation. >> hi everybody. and so, i have a type 20 license, and i am trying to improve the business and get a full liquor license. and the neighborhood does not have any of the... and offered the liquor license while joining and it was a block away from me and they closed two and
a half years ago. and so, all of my clients and all of my customers, they always are asking to the liquor and i have to send them three or four blocks to market street or china town, china town is closer to us and they are having issues of the stores not accepting the credit cards and stuff like that and i am just trying to offer a nice collection of high end hard liquor and spirits to my customers. and that is... >> great, thank you. >> if you could talk a little bit about that, sort of what kind of out reach that you have done. and i know that you have spoken to the district supervisor. if you could talk about that a little bit, please? >> the hours? >> the out reach. >> out reach to the community in terms of it. >> we out reach to you want me to tell you the name of the...
>> could you tell me a little bit about the kind of out reach that you have done? >> well, we out reach for the associations and the union square business improvement district and san francisco council, and the district merchant association and the san francisco chamber of commerce. and immediate business neighbors. and supervisors of district three. and san francisco department of central station and permit and code enforcement and san francisco police departments of abc. and the unit. >> great, thank you very much. >> i will appreciate the out reach. and i know that this district three supervisor is okay with this request. why don't we now hear from our police department officer. >> good morning, mr. chair, and
supervisors. director of the liaison unit and mr. mana has filed an application with the california beverages seeking a type 21 license for 300 kearny street and he has been operating with a type 20 which is just a beer and wine. the application has profp to be with the community and he reaches the people that live in the area and the residents of the hotels in the area. during the 2013 january to december, police calls reflect that had only had four police calls and they mostly involved trespassing, which he needed some assistance and just a removal of patrons. and the police reports and the plot is 160, which is considered to be a high crime area. and the census tract is 117, which has a minimum population of 1783. the off price licenses both for
on sale and off sale, prove to be undue concentration, and however, there were no letters of protest filed with the department of alcoholic beverage control and besides the retail operating standards and the san francisco deemed approve ordinance and we are not putting any special conditions on this license, and the alu recommends an approval. >> thank you very much officer, colleagues any questions for our alu? seeing no questions, thank you very much. thank you. >> why don't we open it up to public comment, is there any member of the public that would like to speak on this item? please come forward. >> either one. >> community leadership alliance and i just want to give kutos, to the chamber of commerce and they provided a resource list as did the planning department and supervisor chiu's office and we dpot a lot of help from the
department and who were in support of this application as well. >> thank you very much. >> and is there any other member of the public seeing none, public comment is closed. and again i want to thank mr. mana for reaching out to the community and to all that were helpful and that including the chamber of commerce and to the police department and so if we could have a motion on this item and we have a motion. >> right. >> sure. and i don't see any reason why we would not want to pass this out of the positive recommendation and so i make the motion. >> so we have a motion by supervisor yee, if we could take that without objection. and then item will be forwarded to the rest of the board with a positive recommendation. >> thank you very much and congratulations, mr. clerk, is there any other business before the committee. >> it concludes today's business, mr. chair. >> meeting adjourned. thank you.
>> good morning. this meeting will now come to order. this is the regularly scheduled meeting of the government audit and oversight committee. i'm supervisor breed, the chair of the committee. and to my right is supervisor tang, the vice-chair and president david chiu, the committee clerk is alicia miller. and i'd also like to thank bill dill on and jesse larsen of sfgov-tv and so far staffing this meeting. madam clerk, are there any announcements? >> yes.